Alexandra Galloway, Valedictorian


Alexandra Galloway
’19 is a Renaissance woman. A National Merit Commended Student, she is a Fort Worth Country Day Original, having spent her entire education K-12 at the School. Her memories are vast. “I remember Star Lab in Lower School and having this profound sense of wondering and thinking anything is possible,” Galloway said. “I loved Greek Fest in Middle School because it was fun to dress up as Greek gods and goddesses, but I also enjoyed reading mythology. The trip to D.C. as a sophomore was so much fun as we explored our nation’s Capital and traveled with our classmates.”
 
Galloway made the most of her FWCD education, making memories every step of the way. The School’s commitment to the 3A’s became the touchpoint for Galloway’s school career and existence. She flourished academically, athletically and artistically. As an eighth-grader, Galloway was bitten by the travel bug. She applied to take part in a Fort Worth Sister Cities international program in Nagaoka, Japan. As a freshman, she applied to be a participant in the Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) trip to Beijing, China. Galloway took a nearly two-week reprieve from FWCD to join other students from around the world in an academic experience that ultimately changed her global perspective and opened her mind. She was one of approximately 100 students chosen out of nearly 1,000 accepted to the inaugural YYGS in Beijing, taking seminars on international law, public health and the psychology of power. Her cohorts were other high school students from almost every continent; together, they delved into exciting coursework taught by Yale undergraduate and graduate students.
 
Travel and broadening her world view spurred her to become an elected member of the Fort Worth Sister Cities Youth Board. She served as Secretary during her freshman, sophomore and junior years, and as president as a senior. She was honored with the 2017 Fort Worth Sister Cities Youth Volunteer of the Year Award. Her Sister Cities travel continued throughout high school as she lived with host families in Japan, China, Indonesia, Hungary and Eswatini, meeting with city officials there, volunteering and fostering positive cultural relations. “These opportunities have changed my life,” Galloway said.
 
A member of the Ballet Department since fourth grade, Galloway loves the escape of dance. “I have learned grace, resilience, confidence and athleticism thanks to Ms. [Carrie] Cheng and Ms. [Natalie] Bracken [’05],” she said. “The community within ballet is tight. I learned so much more than how to plié and arabesque.” Galloway spent two years taking theatre classes and was a regular in School productions, enjoying roles in the various fall plays and spring musicals. She performed in Chicago the High School Edition, The Matchmaker, The Crucible, Spamalot!, Little Women and Anything Goes. She earned lead roles in The Miracle Worker (Kate Keller) and Harvey (Myrtle Mae Simmons). “Theatre was a fun outlet for me and, again, the community was the reason why I enjoyed it so much,” Galloway said. “Even after I stopped taking theatre classes, I continued to try out for the productions to remain connected to these talented and passionate people.”
 
Alexandra pursued journalism as her art choice as a junior and senior. She and Diego Casanova ’19, Salutatorian, joined the newspaper staff together in 2017, beginning as reporters.
 
“I love the art of storytelling,” Galloway said. “I enjoyed sharing my perspective on travel and finding those ‘hidden gems’ that needed to be highlighted.” Together as seniors, Galloway and Casanova served as co-editors of the Falcon Quill . “I cannot imagine working with anyone other than Diego,” she continued. “Together, we were able to put out a newspaper that we are both proud of.”
 
Galloway’s favorite class was AP English Literature, taught by Spencer Smith, who will serve as the Class of 2019 Speaker at the May 17 graduation ceremonies. “I am a reading fanatic and enjoyed how we interacted with the texts in this class,” she noted. “The critical reading skills I gained allowed me to dive into texts and easily analyze them.” Her favorite class book: Jane Eyre by Jane Austen. Her favorite book for fun: the Harry Potter series.
 
Language has always been a focus for Galloway throughout her FWCD education. She is adept in Spanish and credits that to the stellar Language Department and its teachers, especially Alison Robinson. “Fort Worth Country Day provides students with the opportunity to explore different languages and has taught me that I can learn any language that I set my mind on learning,” she said. The summer before senior year, Galloway traveled to South Korea for six weeks to study Korean. She achieved an intermediate-mid score on the oral proficiency exam after the program. “Immersion makes all the difference with language acquisition,” Galloway said. “That’s why I want to travel so much … so I can learn even more languages.” Galloway has a working knowledge of basic phrases in Hungarian, Japanese and Bahasa. She desires to learn Mandarin and French in college.
 
A TEAM Service member all four years of high school, Galloway also served on Student Council. She was Class President as freshman and sophomore, a Class Representative as a junior and Vice President as a senior. “Student Council allowed me to find my voice representing my peers and to develop essential leadership skills,” Galloway said.
 
Galloway will attend Yale University in the fall where she will begin with an undecided major. “I know that whatever I do will involve travel and language, humanities and the social sciences,” she said.
 
She looks forward to exploring more specialized classes, meeting new people from around the world and continuing to grow as a leader and scholar.
 
 
 
 
 
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Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a JK-12 private, independent, coeducational, nondenominational college-preparatory school located on approximately 100 acres in Fort Worth, Texas. The mission of Fort Worth Country Day School is to foster the intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical development of capable students through an academically rigorous college preparatory program that integrates the arts and athletics.